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Jack the Mystery Man

Yesterday I spoke on “The Mystery Man,” a message about using your gifts in the church. It’s a little long to explain, but basically it correlated 1 Cor 12:7 with the story of Bezalel the artist in Exodus 35:30-36:4. The message talked about “Mystery People,” people who are in the church who have gifts that we don’t know about because they don’t know they can be used to serve the church and build God’s kingdom.

Looks like the message isn’t posted up yet but should be up in a few days or so.

This is the video that closed out the message. I prefaced it by saying, ‘I have had the privilege to meet a Mystery Man at UCC. Most of you probably don’t know him. Sometimes people ask me, “Who did that?’ and I say, “Jack did it.” And they say, “Who’s Jack?” But though nobody knows who Jack is, everybody sees what Jack does.’

Here’s the video.

I love Jack’s story. We are so blessed by his using his gifts for God! That’s one of the things I love most about my job — working with gifted and servant-hearted people like Jack, who want to make a kingdom difference.

Behind the scenes: Since Glen and I are in charge of communications (and also because Glen is good at asking questions), I dragged him along for the shooting session. We went to Jack’s work at the UCD campus and Glen asked him questions while I operated the camera. What is not shown on here are all the funny questions Glen asked, like, “How does your hair do that?” And Jack’s quick comeback, “It’s an Asian thing.”

I brought the little tape back home to edit. This is the first video I used Final Cut Pro to do (upgrade from Final Cut Express, which I previously used). One of the features I really loved was the Batch Capture, which is not available in Express. I was able to log in beginning and ending time points of each clip and walk away. While I cooked lunch, the program automatically captured all the clips for me and saved them to my hard drive. Then later I read it’s easier to capture the whole interview and then use the batch feature to cut into little clips. Ah well, learning point for next time!

Total editing time: about 8-10 hours, including the time troubleshooting trying to figure out why the batch capture was not working. (I was typing the codes into the wrong place!) The batch capture process itself took about 2 hours since I was learning from scratch! Videos always take longer than I think they will…lots of steps involved: logging clips, capturing, selecting music, editing, adjusting music levels, adding color correction filters, animating slip images with keyframes, then exporting for conversion to the PC that plays our videos on Sunday. But I love it. It doesn’t feel like work and I was totally energized!

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  • Reply Brian Hadfield

    Hey,
    Good job on the video. The music, the camera angles, and the voice overs flowed well together. I miss shooting and editing videos. But you are right that they take longer than planned. When people see the final product, they have no clue how much goes into a 3 minute video clip. Congrats on your first dive into Final Cut Pro.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Glen Nielsen

    Jack has gone from obscure international man of mystery to easily recognizable man of reown in just one sermon!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:10 am
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